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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 5 April 2016
  2. Unexploded wartime shell causes road closure in Shipdham
  3. Cromer Hospital is using the heat from chilli plants to ease pain
  4. Campaign launched to encourage more shoppers to Norwich's Anglia Square
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team today, but we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00.

If there's something happening in your part of the county that you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter at any time.

Have a good evening.

Watch: Keeping the county's coastline safe

More volunteers are needed to help keep swimmers and seaside visitors safe on one of Norfolk's busiest beaches.                    

Numbers at North Denes coastwatch station have fallen by almost half, leading to some four hour watches being cut and crews sitting on duty solo rather than in pairs. 

The service, which advises the public on safety, acts as the eyes and ears for the coastguard.

Weather: Colder overnight with rain by the morning

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A clear night, with a few spots of light rain by dawn with temperatures falling to 4C (41F).

Weather chart for Wednesday 15:00 showing isolated rain across Norfolk
BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will clear tomorrow to leave a mix of sunny spells and showers. Feeling mild as temperatures reach 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more on the detailed forecast where you live.

Campaign launched to rejuvenate Anglia Square

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk

A new campaign has been launched to try to attract shoppers and tourists to the Anglia Square and Magdalen Street area of Norwich.

Despite its diverse offering of shops, cafes and other amenities the square is viewed by some as "rundown".

Anglia Square
BBC

Magdalen Street and Anglia Square have been abandoned. It's a forgotten part of the city. We want to reverse that trend, it's already much better than it was and we want to get that message out."

Eric KirkAnglia Square centre manager

A47 fatal collision witness appeal

Investigations are continuing following the death of a man in a collision on the A47 near East Dereham at 09:30 yesterday.  

The incident occurred on the A47 Scarning Straight at Wendling when a motorcyclist on a red motorbike and a grey Audi A7, both heading towards East Dereham, were passing a stationary maintenance vehicle, Norfolk police say.

The motorcycle was involved in a collision with a white DAF lorry travelling in the opposite direction. The rider, from Swaffham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them.

Travel: A140 closed Long Stratton

BBC Travel

Motorists are advised to find alternative routes following the closure of the A140 in Long Stratton.

Emergency services are on the scene, near to a garage, following concerns for safety when a manhole cover shattered without warning close to the road.

The road is shut and a cordon is in place.

Watch: Digger 'bomb' drama in Shipdham

The village of Shipdham, near East Dereham, hit the headlines today after a couple uncovered a "bomb like" device while working in the garden.                 

Matt Oram was using a digger to clear tree roots from the grounds when his wife Paula noticed something suspicious. 

Emergency services were called, roads were closed and neighbours evacuated "as a precaution", police said. 

An army bomb disposal team established the mystery object as the head of an inactive RAF practise bomb from World War Two.

The headlines: Homes evacuated in 'bomb' drama... Gang members jailed for museum thefts

The stories in the news today:

  • Homes were evacuated in Shipdham earlier after a wartime device was unearthed in a garden
  • The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and auction houses, including Norwich Castle Museum
  • Cromer Hospital pioneers the use of chillis for pain relief

Travel: A140 closed Long Stratton

Norfolk police warn of road closure and diversions in Long Stratton: 

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Mobile Post Office for rural communities

Post Office services are to be restored to six rural communities in Norfolk by a mobile service.

A mobile Post Office van
Post Office

A specially designed vehicle, driven by Guist postmaster Duncan Pearson, will serve the villages of Wood Norton, Hindolveston, Fulmodestone, Stibbard, Walsingham and Hindringham.

The service will begin on 19 April visiting each community one day a week.

Waveney Words talking newspaper to celebrate 30th birthday

Diss Express

A talking newspaper which provides local news to the blind and partially sighted in south Norfolk and north Suffolk will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this month.

David Holland
Diss Express

Gang members jailed for museum thefts

The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

(top, l-r) Richard Sheridan, Michael Hegarty, Richard O'Brien Jnr, John O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Alan Clarke; (bottom, l-r) Patrick Clarke, John O'Brien, Daniel Flynn, Ashley Dad, Paul Pammen, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Terence McNamara
Durham Police

Chinese jade and rhino horn were targeted in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich and Lewes, East Sussex.

The 14 men, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands were convicted of conspiracy to steal between November 2011 and April 2012.

They were jailed for between 15 months and six years, eight months.

Hole in wall in Durham museum and rhino horn gang attempted to steal in Norwich

After months of covertly monitoring telephone communications, police caught a gang who masterminded a series of audacious museum raids - but how?

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Watch: Super-strong 'chilli power' provides pain relief

A new way of providing pain relief is being offered to patients in north Norfolk by using the properties of the chilli plant.                   

Cromer Hospital uses a super-strength chilli application known as Qutenza applied through a patch to the skin. 

The treatment will stun nerve endings, offering pain relief, for up to three months.

Pub chain's plans for north Norfolk town take a step closer

An agreement is expected to allow North Walsham town council to move from their current New Road premises into the town's registrar's office in King's Arms Street - clearing the way for the Wetherspoons pub chain to move into the council building.

Exterior view of the council building in New Road
Google

Councillor John Rest says attracting new jobs and improving shopping and leisure facilities in the town is a priority for North Norfolk District Council.

The district council is in talks with North Norfolk Community Transport and Citizens Advice to find alternative accommodation for them, ensuring that the New Road property is empty in time for the proposed sale to the pub chain.

Diss church closed from noon onwards in holidays after 'disruption'

Diss Express

A Diss church is closing early during the school holidays in a bid to deter “disruption” from young people.

The sign at St Mary's CHurch, Diss
Diss Express

Chilli power offers pain relief

A hospital in Norfolk is offering a pioneering treatment to ease pain using the heat from chilli plants.

Preparing a patient's ankle for the chilli treatment
BBC

Given through a patch it uses the chemical which gives red chillis their heat to stun nerve endings and ease pain for up to three months.

The treatment at Cromer Hospital, which doesn't involve sedation, has been so popular that other hospitals are now considering offering the treatment.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells throughout the afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

Many of us will have seen blue skies this morning, as captured by Weather Watcher 'SpringerJohn' at Ludham Bridge.

Ludham Bridge and blue skies
Weather Watcher/SpringerJohn

Sunny spells will continue this afternoon and it will stay mainly dry, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

BBC Weather has more on the detailed forecast where you live.

The headlines: Homes evacuated following discovery of wartime device... Chilli plants added to hospital treatment

The stories in the news this afternoon:

  • Residents from more than 20 homes in Shipdham were evacuated after a wartime device was unearthed in a garden
  • Hospital pioneers pain relief treatment using the heat from chilli plants

Stolen museum artefacts 'worth up to £57m on Chinese market'

Members of the organised crime gang which stole up to £57m from museums and an auction house were found guilty by jury after a series of trials at Birmingham Crown Court. Six members, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands have been jailed today.

Chinese artefacts stolen from Fitzwilliam
Fitzwilliam Museum

They were involved in organising two thefts and an attempted theft at Durham University Oriental Museum, as well as further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in Lewes, Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Jurors heard exhibits stolen in Durham and Cambridge were valued at about £17m but detectives believed they could have fetched up to £57m on the "booming" Chinese auction market.

King's Lynn youngsters make under-21 championship final

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Three members of the King's Lynn Young Stars line-up will be riding in the final of The British Under-21 Championship in Sheffield next week. 

Josh Bailey finished third in last night's semi-final in Kent, scoring 11 points. That was four behind Josh Shanes who finished top of the tree on his home track.

He'll be joined in the final on 14 April by Ryan Kinsley who scored 10 and Nathan Greaves who got 9 to qualify for the final.   

Shipdham wartime shell: What happened

Police and fire services were called to Shipdham shortly before 09:00 after an unexploded device was unearthed in the garden of Paula Oram and her husband on Market Street. 

Paula Oram in her garden
BBC

A 200m (218yds) cordon was placed at the scene, and more than 20 nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution. 

The A1075 Market Street and Swan Lane were closed off while specialists from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit dealt with the device and removed it from the area.

On inspection, it was thought to be a World War Two practice bomb head. The cordon has been lifted and all roads reopened.

Shipdham wartime shell: Emergency over

A device that led to the evacuation of homes in Shipdham has been found to be an inactive practice World War Two bomb head. It's now been taken away by the army bomb disposal team.

The wartime device
BBC

The device was unearthed in a resident's garden earlier this morning. Police have told the householders they did the right thing by alerting the emergency services. 

BBC Radio Norfolk's Kate Scotter says the village has now become very quiet following a hive of activity. Residents have now returned to their homes and the roads have re-opened.

Watch: Shipdham wartime shell incident

Homes have been evacuated and the High Street closed in Shipdham following the discovery of an unexploded wartime shell.           

An army bomb disposal unit has arrived in the village near East Dereham, along with the police and fire service. 

BBC Radio Norfolk's Kate Scotter is on the scene, she says that all she's been told is that the shell was unearthed in a resident's garden.

Many thanks to Rooney Birmingham for sending us this video.

Housing plans for former Great Yarmouth hotel

A former hotel in Great Yarmouth could be turned into homes. 

A view of the Atlantis Tower complex on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth
BBC

A developer has submitted an application to convert three floors of the former Oasis Beach Hotel into 18 flats. The building, behind the Atlantis Tower arcade on Marine Parade, has not operated as a hotel for 16 years. 

Councillors are being advised to approve the plans.  

Unexploded Shipdham shell latest: Homes evacuated

Houses have been evacuated and roads closed following the discovery of an unexploded World War Two shell in Shipdham.

An army bomb disposal team in en route, Norfolk Police said. Road closures are expected to be in place for some time. Our reporter is on her way to the scene.

Are you in the area? You can tweet us your pictures using the hashtag #nfklive.

Bouncy castle death: Summer Grant vigil to be held

The family of a seven-year-old girl who died when a bouncy castle blew away in Harlow will be holding a candlelit vigil at the Town Park on Saturday evening.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was killed at the Essex fun fair on 26 March. The family are also raising funds at the Harvey Centre this afternoon for a bench and plaque at the site. 

Summer's uncle, Shawn Grant, has told BBC Essex the family is grateful for the public's support and donations so far.

Wartime shell leads to road closure

The A1075 High Street is closed eastbound in Shipdham, following the discovery of an unexploded World War Two shell.

A 100 metre (109yds) cordon is in place. The road is expected to remain closed for some time.

Wroxham fail to ease relegation worries

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Wroxham were beaten 1-0 at Aveley on Monday night in Ryman Division One North to stay deep in relegation trouble. 

The result leaves The Yachstmen just one point and two places above the drop zone with three matches to play. Most of the teams around them have a game in hand. 

Wroxham Dugout
BBC

Wroxham's next two matches are both against teams in the top six of the table.

Canaries under-21s beaten in final home match of season

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's under-21s went down 2-1 to Everton last night in their final Carrow Road game of the campaign. 

A late goal from Jamal Lewis was too little too late for a City side which didn't feature any players with Premier League experience. 

Jamal Lewis
Getty Images

A crowd of about 2,000 turned up for the game. The young team have three away matches to finish the season. 

Sentencing continues of museum theft gang

Members of a 14-strong gang which raided museums and auction houses across the country, including Norwich Castle Museum, are continuing to be sentenced today.

A close up of the rhino horn at Norwich Castle Museum
BBC

The raid on the Norwich museum in February 2012 ended in farce when the gang dropped a rhinoceros head they had taken from a display case and ran away.

Yesterday, seven members of the English museums gang were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for their roles in stealing artefacts estimated to be worth up to £57m. Six more men are being jailed later.

The headlines: Sentencing of museum thefts gang continues... Pioneering treatment to ease pain

The stories in the news this morning:

  • Six more members of a gang which raided museums across England, including Norwich Castle Museum, are to be sentenced today. Seven were jailed yesterday.
  • Cromer Hospital is using the heat from chilli plants to ease pain

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

A cloudy start, but becoming brighter with sunny spells. Staying mainly dry, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

BBC Weather has more details for your part of Norfolk, or watch my full forecast below...

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BBC Local Live

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